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    Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    This is my 04 Escalade, 6.0 AWD. I've slowly been piecing my suspension together. Finally got it all together, and installed it over the weekend.

    For the front:

    3/4 Ton Keys in Front 1" to 3" Lower
    Bilstein shocks f4-be5-6500-h0
    Eibach Sway Bar
    McGaughy's 2" Drop Spindles


    For the rear:
    Airlift Inner Spring Rear Helper Bags
    Bilstein shocks f4-be5-6501-h0
    Belltech 5" Rear Coil Springs
    Belltech Rear Shock Extenders
    DJM 3/4" Urethane Rear Bump Stops
    DJM Free Travel Mod
    Eibach Sway Bar


    To bypass the factory air suspension, I just disconnected the battery, pulled the RTD (Real Time Dampening) fuse under the hood, and everything works fine.

    ALSO, last week, some guy offered to trade me my stock 17's for his 20's, so I did. I don't really care for them, but they'll do for now until I get my 07-09 Escalade OEM 22's. They are the Boss 315's with 275/55/20 tires.

    Anyways, onto the pics...










    The rear should come down a little bit more once the springs settle. The front I had to raise up an inch or so because it was rubbing bad, but it's nice to know I can go lower. The front sway bar I purchased was for the 07-09 body style (bought set off craigslist, rear was correct) so I'm selling it and have the correct bar on the way. Blacking out my rear tail lights and 3rd brake light over the next few days.


    Let me know what ya think...


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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Very nice! I like the look of the OEM front grill painted black, I'm gonna try that on mine, the gray is starting to show some age. Won't upgrading to 22's cause more rubbing issues? Those 20's look great. I wanted to upgrade to 20's, but I find the ride harsh enough with the factory 17's. Roads here are bad...

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Quote Originally Posted by sk7 View Post
    Won't upgrading to 22's cause more rubbing issues?
    If i go to a lower profile tire, it should be fine. I'm thinking like a 285/35/22 or something...

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Looks good!

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Boy, I would keep those black rims. Looks great to me.

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Nice !!!! Looks Good !!

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Very nice! congrats!

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Looks good! That wont harm the AWD system? I know when I used to slam my acura integras the axles would click after a few months and it was a pain changing them.

    See my thread about the painted step pads. You can make those plastics look brand new (not ugly gray) for about $8.... I painted mine SEM black about 2 months ago and they held up great so far!

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Quote Originally Posted by luxurylife33 View Post
    Looks good! That wont harm the AWD system? I know when I used to slam my acura integras the axles would click after a few months and it was a pain changing them.

    AWD should be fine. Others have been doing the same thing for years and never had a problem


    Quote Originally Posted by luxurylife33 View Post
    See my thread about the painted step pads. You can make those plastics look brand new (not ugly gray) for about $8.... I painted mine SEM black about 2 months ago and they held up great so far!
    Yup. I asked you a few questions on that thread.. Just have to find the time to do mine

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Nice drop. I've been want to do mine but want to keep the air ride.

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Quote Originally Posted by sfv41901 View Post
    Nice drop. I've been want to do mine but want to keep the air ride.

    With a McGaughys 2/3 spindle drop you can keep the air ride. I may go that route once my issues are solved with the air ride.

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Quote Originally Posted by luxurylife33 View Post
    With a McGaughys 2/3 spindle drop you can keep the air ride. I may go that route once my issues are solved with the air ride.
    +1

    Just do the 2 inch drop spindles and the 3 inch springs in the rear with shock extenders. You should be fine with the factory air ride suspension

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Quote Originally Posted by nathanjax View Post
    +1

    Just do the 2 inch drop spindles and the 3 inch springs in the rear with shock extenders. You should be fine with the factory air ride suspension
    Will my 24s be a problem?

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Quote Originally Posted by sfv41901 View Post
    Will my 24s be a problem?
    samhamm did the 2/3 drop with 24" .... I'd imagine you'd have to trim a small amount of the splash guards... or you may get away with it with the right offset and right size tires

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    Re: Free rims and dropped it 4"/5"

    Quote Originally Posted by luxurylife33 View Post
    samhamm did the 2/3 drop with 24" .... I'd imagine you'd have to trim a small amount of the splash guards... or you may get away with it with the right offset and right size tires
    The offset would be the key to not rubbing with 24's. I had 24's on my tahoe with a 2/3 drop (only keys up front and springs shock extenders in the rear) and never rubbed, even at full turning lock...


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